PINE TOWNSHIP | Pine Elementary School now boasts a new art gallery.
The recent unveiling resulted from a cooperative effort between the school and Purdue North Central near Westville.
"We have a very nice relationship with them," said PNC Chancellor James Dworkin.
Some of the artwork in the new gallery is on loan to the school from PNC and some of the pieces at Pine Elementary are featured at the PNC campus.
"We're just getting started but it's a great start," said Julie Schmidt, the fine arts coach at the school in The Pines.
Schmidt said much of the artwork consists of paintings and framed pictures depicting life in other parts of the world like Peru, Mexico and India.
Among the images from those countries are children playing and "how other people work for things for their families," said Schmidt.
"For us, they are great introductions to other places in the world," Schmidt said.
There's also a sculpture outside the school titled "Owl and the Pussycat." Dworkin said that sculpture was one of the more popular pieces when it was at the PNC campus.
Schmidt said Pine Elementary is a magnet fine arts school using art to help students not only expand their minds but to learn everyday curriculum in the classroom.
Dworkin said art can help children learn traditional subjects and help develop their imaginations and creativity, something he believes is more valued in today's workforce.
"You have to be well-rounded in today's society, so we think that's important even at the elementary school level," said Dworkin.